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Old 01-05-2019, 07:16 PM   #1
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My wife and I recently sold our 34' Tollycraft and are looking at late '90's or early 00's 2700 SCR's and since we have never owned one before have questions. I've noticed they are available with either a 5.7 or 7.4 engine and wanted to see if anyone would recommend one over the other? Having not owned an inboard/outboard before, is there a specific make of drive I should lean towards? Any insights on certain years, drive trains or things to avoid would be very helpful and much appreciated as we begin our journey toward our next boat.

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Old 01-05-2019, 08:16 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard!

If I recall correctly the 2000 and newer 2700 can with the 5.7 MPI and a Bravo 3 drive which is a good package in this boat. The late 90’s 2700 is a different boat and can with the 7.4 matched to a Bravo 2 which does well in this hull. If you are set on a Maxum they only came with Mercruiser’s. The only other option in the year range you are looking at is Volvo. This is kind of like Ford vs GM people who love one but hate the other. IMO Mercruiser dominates the North American market which makes part easier to get and cheaper. The Bravo drives use a cone clutch like the Volvos and is the best way to go for durability, ease of shifting, and no need for the shift interrupt switch the Alpha drive uses which can be problematic as the lower shift cable wears. The big difference with I/Os is the transom assembly which requires scheduled maintenance on bellows, gimbal bearing, lower shift cable about every 5 years to a maximum of 10 year intervals.
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I have a 1998 2800 scr with the 7.4mpi and bravo 3.
Great boat, cruises easily at 30+ with a top end at 37mph @3600ft. elevation.
I rarely run it that high and more enjoy cruising at the 25-27mph range.
Never felt under powered with this settup.

http://www.maxumownersclub.com/forum...-scr-8366.html
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Thanks to both of you!

I really appreciate the info and look forward to continuing our search

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Jeff, I have a 1994 2700SCR with 7.4l (454) and Bravo III outdrive. I feel this is the best set-up for this size boat. Most 2700 and larger come stock with trim tabs which really help level, plane, and smooth out our cruising. Like oldno 7 stated these boats are built for cruising. We slow cruise at 1000-1200 rpms (7-9 kts) and on-plane cruise at 3000-3300 rpms (25-27 kts). And yes the big block sucks gas if you rum WOT all the time.

Maxums are great boats and very popular in the Pacific Northwest.
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With Maxum no longer in business, how hard is it to get parts for these boats? Is there a dealer network that still works on these? I realize that a mercruiser mechanic can fix the engines, but what about all the other workings and systems?
How do we get parts and service?
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With Maxum no longer in business, how hard is it to get parts for these boats? Is there a dealer network that still works on these? I realize that a mercruiser mechanic can fix the engines, but what about all the other workings and systems?
How do we get parts and service?
Maxum only made the hull for the most part. Unlike cars all other components are made by third party such as Perko, Danforth, Johnson, Mercruiser, ... The only issue and this exists on any boat is if these folks still make a part that will be a drop in replacement.
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Tollycraft went out of business in 1993. What did you do when you needed to replace a part on the Tollycraft? Brunswick owns both Maxum and Mercruiser. You'll only find Mercruiser engines and outdrives on a Bayliners, Maxum's and Searays unless you go back into the early to mid 80's.
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Google and Amazon are your friends. I also use WholesaleMarine quite a bit and yes I give West Marine my hard earned money when I really need something.
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We belonged to the Tollycraft club, which has a site which looks and functions identical to this one. Lots of buy, sell, advice and sharing of life on the water. It's great to find these communities and the friendly helpful people.
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